The Bart Hess 'The Art of the Close Shave' film short is a seductive and sensual piece highlighting the beauty of the human form. Inspired by the streamlined forms of the Olympic swimmers, Hess captures the ritual of shaving through an enigmatic and meditative performance.
Aided by two human shavers and 28 cans of shaving cream, Hess begins to record the sublime and puzzling piece. Through post-production editing, the fashion filmmaker adds white bars that emulate the motions of the shavers, creating the illusion of the stripes scraping the foam off the model. The film is perplexing due to its ambiguity and moments where you are unsure of the spectacle being presented.
Filmmaker Bart Hess is known for his ability to push the boundaries when it comes to materials and methods. Having designed the slime dress worn by Lady Gaga herself, it's apparent Hess is no stranger to stepping outside the box.